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When you create a new account, so you can log in and edit, one of the things you'll have to do is pick a username. This page gives some advice on this. Your user name will be attached to all your edits while you're logged in. This is partly for reasons of accountability. It's also helpful from a copyright perspective: if someone wants to use your contributions in a way not allowed under the copyright, they can ask you on your talk page, for example. Also, the GFDL encourages giving appropriate credit to authors, and your username is used to give that credit. Other reasons can be found at PESWiki:Why create an account?

If you notice someone whose username is inappropriate, please ask them on their talk page to change their username. If they don't seem to respond, list them at There was an error working with the wiki: Code[18], and if it appears that their name is inappropriate, they will be blocked indefinitely. If a username was obviously chosen in bad faith, or if a username is so problematic that it should never appear in article histories (e.g. a very offensive username), then admins may block it on sight. Admins should not block usernames that may have been chosen in good faith. We do not want to scare off good contributors.

Choosing a username

The best username is typically your There was an error working with the wiki: Code[1], a longstanding Internet There was an error working with the wiki: Code[2], or a new name that you use only for PESWiki, depending on how much of your anonymity you want to preserve whilst editing. Please pick a username that helps us to write an encyclopedia. That means picking a name that you're comfortable writing under, but it also means picking a name that others are comfortable seeing and collaborating with. Remember that a controversial name may color other users' perspective on your own credibility or political viewpoint. In addition, PESWiki is a world-wide source, so take care to avoid anything that might cause offence to someone from a different culture, religion, or ethnic group.

PESWiki recommends that users avoid

# names of politicians, military or religious figures or events

# any other names that may be seen as potentially offensive, or endorsing or opposing the politics, policies or beliefs of a public figure.

People should be able to judge you based purely on your contributions, rather than on an emotional response to a potentially controversial nickname. Avoiding such names is in your own interest. So do please be careful. Remember you are working as part of a community. Show everyone else the respect for their beliefs that you expect them to show yours.

Real names versus pseudonyms

Historically, many wikis have encouraged users to use their real name as their user name, e.g., There was an error working with the wiki: Code[3], please contact an administrator. A mutually acceptable solution can very likely be found.

Username capitalization

PESWiki usernames are case sensitive and, for consistency, the first letter of all usernames will be capitalized when you create an account. This means that if you request the username "your name", the account created will instead be: "Your name". If your username will consist of more than one name, and you'd like your signature to be internally consistent, you might prefer to capitalize each one when you create the account. This conforms to the widely accepted rules of capitalization: usernames are, after all, proper nouns. Examples would be "Your Name", "Your Middle Name", and "Your M. Name".

Username disambiguation

Some usernames are similar to or identical to the titles of articles. This has the potential to create confusion when inexperienced users find these pages in search engine results. As a common courtesy, it is recommended that a simple disambiguation There was an error working with the wiki: Code[4] be added to direct readers to the correct page. The There was an error working with the wiki: Code[19], There was an error working with the wiki: Code[20], and There was an error working with the wiki: Code[21] can be used to create a standard hatnote at the top of your user page and user talk page, or you can write your own. Similar disambiguation should be carried out if your username is similar to that of another editor. Please note that if a username is both ambiguous and inappropriate, merely adding a disambiguation note does not make a username appropriate.

Inappropriate usernames

Inappropriate usernames include both clear and masked names. Fairly or unfairly, the line between acceptable and unacceptable user names is drawn by those who find the username inappropriate, not by the creator of the name. Please don't try to find this line.

PESWiki does not allow certain types of usernames, including the following:

Confusing, misleading, or troublesome usernames:

Names that can be confused with other contributors. (If someone else is using a nickname that you wish to use, please consider using either an alternative pseudonym or your real name instead, or simply do not use a nickname. In the unlikely event that someone else is editing with your real name, please add a middle name or initial or some other way of distinguishing between you and the existing contributor).

PESWiki terms. This includes commonly used software or community terms, or names implying an official position on PESWiki. Prohibited username components include, but are not limited to words resembling the following:

Names that imply an official role or a role greater than that of a standard user, such as "Administrator", "Admin", "System operator", "Sysop", or "Moderator".

"Rollback" or "Revert", "Edit war", "POV", etc.

Editing processes, such as "Delete", "Upload", "Pagemove", or "Redirect".

Names that give the impression that you intend to cause trouble, such as "Vandal", "Hacker", "Spammer", or "Troll". This includes names that may refer to There was an error working with the wiki: Code[22], such as "Virus" or "Trojan horse".

Names that imply PESWiki:Bots, potentially but not necessarily including "Bot", "Robot", "Script", "Initialize", "Automated", "Daemon", etc., unless the name is intended as a designated bot. Names that imply bot accounts may be blocked, and the user may be requested to contact an administrator to confirm that the account is indeed a bot account.

Technical terms, such as visible toolbar buttons or namespaces. They may be confusing to inexperienced users or otherwise imply a capacity different than that of a normal user.

Also, beware that the letters capital i and lower case L, and the numeral 1 look exactly the same (I/l/1) in certain fonts, as do upper/lower case O and the numeral 0 (O/o/0). This should be taken into account, and creative use of one in place of the other (I where L would be expected and vice versa) is discouraged, given its past misuse.

Names of well-known living or recently deceased people unless you are that living person. If you are, please note this on your There was an error working with the wiki: Code[5]. These accounts may be temporarily blocked pending confirmation, if in an administrator's best judgment, or per There was an error working with the wiki: Code[6], there may be doubt over the validity of the claim. (See also There was an error working with the wiki: Code[7]).

Names that consist of random or apparently random sequences of letters and/or numbers or of extended repetition of a particular character.

Extremely lengthy names.

Names that resemble an IP address, including "invalid" IP addresses (like or or a number which goes over the range, such as 256.889.72.0).

Inflammatory usernames: PESWiki does not allow potentially inflammatory or offensive user names. Inflammatory usernames are needlessly discouraging to other contributors, and disrupt and distract from our task of creating an Encyclopedia. This includes, but is not limited to:

Names that promote or imply There was an error working with the wiki: Code[8] or violence.

Names that are recognised as There was an error working with the wiki: Code[9] or insults.

Names that refer to symbols of hatred, including historical figures or events that are widely associated with such.

Names that refer to or imply There was an error working with the wiki: Code[10], There was an error working with the wiki: Code[23], and There was an error working with the wiki: Code[24].

Names that refer to or allude to reproductive or excretory functions of the body.

Names that promote or refer to There was an error working with the wiki: Code[11] or otherwise illegal real-world actions (e.g There was an error working with the wiki: Code[25], There was an error working with the wiki: Code[26]).

Names mentioning or referring to illnesses, disabilities, or conditions (e.g. There was an error working with the wiki: Code[27], There was an error working with the wiki: Code[28], There was an error working with the wiki: Code[29], etc.).

Names that contain There was an error working with the wiki: Code[30], obscenities, or other potentially offensive language (including non-English profanities).

Names of religious figures such as "There was an error working with the wiki: Code[31]", "There was an error working with the wiki: Code[32]", "There was an error working with the wiki: Code[33]", or "There was an error working with the wiki: Code[34]", which may offend other people's beliefs.

Names that promote a controversial or potentially inflammatory point of view.

Misspellings or spellings of any of the types of names listed above with "There was an error working with the wiki: Code[12]" (creative substitutions).

Harassing or defamatory usernames: Harassment and defamation in any form is inappropriate on PESWiki your username is not an exception. In particular, your username is not a vehicle to attack other users with whom you have a disagreement. Your username should not be used to insult or mock other users, usernames, articles, or actions. Additionally, a username should not be used to defame other people, companies or groups, regardless of whether they edit. Nor should usernames divulge the personal information of other users. This can include parts of a name formatted similarly to a There was an error working with the wiki: Code[35], There was an error working with the wiki: Code[36], or There was an error working with the wiki: Code[37].

Usernames that closely resemble any used by There was an error working with the wiki: Code[13]s: Any usernames that are similar to those that are known to have been used in the past as a signature by returning vandals will likely be blocked on sight.

Usernames that promote a company or website: Usernames of or closely resembling the names of companies, groups, or include the URL of a particular website are discouraged and may be blocked.

E-mail addresses: As of There was an error working with the wiki: Code[14]" in them. Previously, these usernames were discouraged. Preventing the usage of @ stops editors from receiving spam, reduces work for administrators and prevents hurt feelings due to being blocked, which may have led editors to simply leave in the past. Existing usernames with the sign are not blocked, but editors should be encouraged to change their names as the sign interferes with some MediaWiki functions.


The primary purpose of usernames is to identify and distinguish contributors. This facilitates communication and record-keeping. The username is not a forum to be offensive or make a statement. No one has a right to any particular username. While colorful, interesting, or expressive names may add to the pleasure of PESWiki, they are not essential. This might include legitimate names and long-established internet pseudonyms that can be misconstrued.


Through the There was an error working with the wiki: Code[15], one can choose a nickname used in signatures, independent of the actual user name (connected to a User: page). Unless stated otherwise, the same rules apply for signatures as for usernames. A signature should not be misleading. In no circumstance should a signature be used to impersonate another user. While not an absolute requirement, it is common practice for a signature to resemble to some degree the username it represents. For more information on signatures, read the official guideline at PESWiki:Sign your posts on talk pages.

Changing inappropriate usernames

If enough people complain about your user name, the PESWiki:Bureaucrats will change it. Neither complaints nor name changes should be arbitrary, but user names that are offensive to a significant number of people will be changed, not without notice, but without appeal. Co-operative contributors should normally just be made aware of our policy via a post on their talk page. Voluntary changes (via There was an error working with the wiki: Code[38]) are preferred: users from other countries and/or age groups may make mistakes about choosing names -- immediate blocking or listing on RfC could scare off new users acting in good faith. Where a change must be forced, we first discuss it. This can take place on either

#the user's talk page,

# a subpage of the user's talk page, or

# a sub page of PESWiki:Requests for comment.

It should be listed on PESWiki:Requests for comment in the appropriate section. The user should also be made aware of the discussion. For uncontroversial cases where the user is actively editing, the decision can be taken in a day or two. For more controversial cases where the user is less actively editing, a week is more appropriate. For highly controversial cases, or cases where the user has left PESWiki, discussion might well take a month.

After an appropriate time for discussion, a sysop can take a judgement on the name in question. They should only take action if their judgement is that a "rough consensus" has arisen that the username is inappropriate. This will involve blocking the inappropriate username, for which see There was an error working with the wiki: Code[39]. However, administrators may block inappropriate usernames on sight. Reports of obviously offensive usernames should be posted at There was an error working with the wiki: Code[40]. Where inappropriate or borderline inappropriate usernames are coupled with vandalism, the username may be blocked indefinitely on sight: again, see There was an error working with the wiki: Code[39]. Usernames that are designed to impersonate legitimate users may be blocked immediately. The IP address of these users should be left autoblocked.

Using multiple user accounts

It is recommended that users not edit under multiple usernames, unless they have a very good reason. See There was an error working with the wiki: Code[42].

Deleting your user account

Accounts with contributions cannot be deleted since this would allow another user to create the account, and claim authorship of those edits. It is not possible for your edits to be removed entirely. They can only be reassigned to something else so as not to violate the There was an error working with the wiki: Code[16].

User accounts, once created, cannot be removed. However, if you have made fewer than 200,000 edits, it may be possible for a bureaucrat to change your username, but you need to make such arrangements yourself. There is no guarantee provided by PESWiki's policy that a name will be changed on request.